A massive planet circles a huge star doomed to explode


Confirmation of a second planet around the star μ2 Scorpii would indicate the first planetary system at a supernova-in-waiting.

IRDIS images of µ 2 Sco obtained with TLOCI

A planet called μ2 Sco b (inner white dot at 4 o’clock) circles a star that will eventually flame out in an enormous explosion. Credit: V. Squicciarini et al./Astron. Astrophys. (CC BY 4.0)

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